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Ithaca College's Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival Turns Fifteen

 ITHACA, NY — Beginning Sunday, March 25, and running through Sunday, April 1, the 15th annual Finger Lakes Environment Film Festival (FLEFF) at Ithaca College will offer a week of forums, music, films and multimedia events aimed at rethinking and recreating our roles in our communities and world. Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, FLEFF 2012 will take place on the Ithaca College campus and Cinemapolis cinema downtown.

“FLEFF continues to use sustainability to encourage interdisciplinary and international ways of thinking about the challenges before us whether in the personal, economic or aesthetic realm,” said Tanya Sanders, assistant provost of international studies and special projects. “Through film, video, new media, installation, performance, panels and presentations, the festival engages interdisciplinary dialogue and vigorous debate. It links the local with the global, and it showcases Ithaca College as a regional and national center for thinking differently — in new ways, interfaces, and forms — about the environment and sustainability.” 

This theme of this year’s festival is, “Microtopias.” “Micro” means small; “utopia” identifies imagined, cooperative systems of harmony. FLEFF 2012 will explore how cooperative systems such as the Oneida Colony and the Chautauqua movement have inspired ways to improve their surrounding environments.

Most of the events will take place on campus and are free and open to the public. In addition, there will be film screenings and workshops at Cinemapolis in downtown Ithaca that will require admission fees. Many of the downtown screenings will feature visiting filmmakers and guests. These events are offered as part of FLEFF’s partnership with the nonprofit 7th Art Corporation.

A complete list of topics, featured guests and events is available at www.ithaca.edu/fleff. For more information and to schedule interviews, contact faculty codirectors Patricia Zimmermann at (607) 274-3431 or patty@ithaca.edu, or Tom Shevory at (607) 274-1347 or shevory@ithaca.edu.

Launched in 1997 as an outreach project from Cornell University’s Center for the Environment at Cornell University, the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival was moved permanently to Ithaca College in 2005. It is housed in the Office of the Provost as a program to link intellectual inquiry and debate to larger global issues.


FLEFF 2012 HIGHLIGHTS

Below is a list of some of the festival highlights. Events are free except where noted.

Sunday March 25
Microtopias Reading
Buffalo Street Books
3 p.m.

Monday March 26
Microtopias Installation Opening
Handwerker Gallery
Ithaca College
4:30-6:30 p.m.

Tuesday March 27
The Concert for Microtopias, featuring faculty and guest artists
Hockett Family Recital Hall, Whalen Center, Ithaca College
8:15 p.m.

Wed March 28
Workshop with Laura Kissel (new media artist) and Matt Podolsky (director)
Room 104, Dorothy D. and Roy H. Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise
7 p.m.

Thursday March 29
World Premiere
“Scavenger Hunt,” with directors Matt Podolsky and Eddie Chung
Cinemapolis
7 p.m.
Admission charged

Upstate Filmmakers Showcase Volume I with directors
Cinemapolis
7:10 p.m.
Admission Charged


Friday March 30
“Koch Brothers Exposed” with director Jim Miller
Cinemapolis
7 p.m.

“Kissed by Lightning,” with director Shelley Niro (Mohawk)
Cinemapolis
7:15 p.m.
Admission charged

Saturday March 31
Workshop on Feature Film Sound Design with Patrick Winters
Noon
Cinemapolis

“Cotton Road,” with filmmakers Laura Kissel and Matthew Hockenberry
Cinemapolis
2 p.m.
Admission Charged

90th Anniversary of Buster Keaton shorts, with live music by Li’l Anne and the Hot Cayenne
Cinemapolis
4 p.m.
Admission charged

“Indochine: Traces of a Mother” with film director Idrissou Mora Kpai
Cinemapolis
7 p.m.
Admission charged


Sunday April 1
“Winter Vacation,” with film distributor Kevin Lee
Cinemapolis
2 p.m.
Admission Charged

“Veins in the Gulf” with film directors Elizabeth Coffman and Ted Hardin
Cinemapolis
2:10 p.m.
Admission charged

90th Anniversary of “Nanook of the North,” with live music by Cloud Chamber Orchestra (Robby Aceto, Chris White, Peter Dodge)
Cinemapolis
7 p.m.
Admission charged
 



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